In Lebanon, fighting between Syrian troops and rightist militiamen has spread from Beirut to village areas in the north.
LV and CU Syrian soldiers stopping and searching cars at checkpoint on Batroun (five shots)
LV PAN Batroun street pan and zoom in to closed Lebanese - Francaise bank
LV Traffic passes open pharmacy
LV and CU old man walking and young men playing cards by sidewalk cafe (two shots)
LV and CU Patisserie shop and people drinking at nearby soft drinks stand (two shots)
LV Grocery shop
LV Batroun street scene.
Members of a key Israeli parliamentary committee have urged Prime Minister Menachem Begin to take immediate action to stop what they believe is a renewed Syrian attempt to annihilate Lebanon's Christian Community. Former Foreign Minister Vigal Allon told reporters on Monday (August 28) that the new attacks were, apparently, designed by the Syrians to cut off Christians from Beirut and their chief port of Jounieh. "This would be a further step to wipe out the Christian communities, take over the country and pose a deadly threat to Israel. We must act fast," he said.
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Background: In Lebanon, fighting between Syrian troops and rightist militiamen has spread from Beirut to village areas in the north. According to the Falangist Party, Syrian peace-keeping forces shelled three villagers near the coastal town of Batroun at the weekend (August 25 - 27). The same source said the least 65 people had died in the fighting and another 40 were missing, presumed detained by the Syrians.
SYNOPSIS: Rightist militiamen and Syrian troops have been engaged in a series of increasingly violent clashes since the end of the 1975-76 civil war. The Syrian peace troops are now considered an army of occupation by the rightists who claim that up to 15,000 Syrians are in the Batroun area alone.
The latest fighting reportedly forced thousand of people to flee to safer coastal towns, and renewed fears among Christian residents of Beirut of further clashes in the city.
But tension eases and relative calm returned to the area after President Elias Sarkis conferred with the commander of the Arab Deterrent Force and the Falangist Party Deputy for the area. The urgent talks brought an apparent ceasefire to Batroun and surrounding villages.